Hydropower in Jeopardy? Alarming low water levels are closing power plants and reducing production at others

ByRyan Slattery, Treehugger, fact checked by Haley Maston September 8, 2021 https://www.treehugger.com/is-american-hydropower-in-jeopardy-5200627 Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices What’s happening with water issues in the U.S. West is more than just concerning. With wildfires raging and water sparse, it’s been a rough summer and unfortunately, forecasts for this …

Mega impacts already here

BY TOM ENGELHARDT,AUGUST 12, 2021, LA Progressive, https://www.laprogressive.com/slow-motion-apocalypse/ Whether you’ve been sweating and swearing under the latest heat dome; fleeing fires somewhere in the West; broiling in a Siberia that’s releasing startling amounts of heat-producing methane into the atmosphere; being swept away by flood waters in Germany; sweltering in an unprecedented heat-and-fire season in Greece (where even the suburbs of Athens were being evacuated); baking in Turkey or on …

“One of the biggest monuments to racism in America is the urban highway system:” What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black and Brown Communities Torn Apart by Highways

Billions of dollars in widening and extension plans are underway in Austin, San Antonio, Shreveport, Tampa, Portland, Cincinnati, Madison, Denver and beyond as roads reach obsolescence and populations increase. The scale and volume of these new projects underscore the challenge for voices calling for a different kind of urban future in St. Paul, New Orleans, Miami and Houston. They are a reminder …

Extreme impacts, but all new housing in Tucson must have outlets for EVs. Tree shade can reduce temps by 10 degrees F

From The Climate Mobilization, July 2021: Destructive heat waves in the Northwest cooked shellfish on the shore and are estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, elderly people and farm workers, died in the U.S. and Canada during the heatwave.  Already an endangered species, salmon in the Sacramento river may not survive …

Heat Wave Shows Climate Change Is a Workers’ Rights Issue

June 2021 While the 100 million computer workers in this country are more likely to be able to work safely indoors, other urgent and necessary work must continue outdoors, no matter the severity of the weather. The entirety of the working class is (or will be) affected by climate change, but it’s farm workers, letter carriers, construction workers, sanitation workers and other outdoor …

Human actions have driven at least 680 vertebrate species to extinction since 1500, with global vertebrate species populations dropping by 68% in around the last 50 years

One million of the estimated eight million species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction. Human actions have driven at least 680 vertebrate species to extinction since 1500, with global vertebrate species populations dropping by 68% in around the last 50 years. The abundance of wild insects has fallen by 50%. We Hug the Trees Because the Trees Have …

Rights and claims for mobility in metropolitan areas

Metropolis Issue Paper on “Rights and claims for metropolitan mobility” “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons” The analysis of the satisfaction of mobility needs enables …

Attorneys General in 17 ‘Red’ States Seek to Insert Themselves as Adversaries to Juliana v. United States Plaintiffs

June 8, 2021, Our Children’s Trust EUGENE, Ore. – Six years after the filing of the constitutional climate case Juliana v. United States – and just days before settlement talks were scheduled between the youth and the government – attorneys general from 17 states have asked to insert themselves into the case so they can oppose any proposed settlement and …

Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports: New studies sharpen warnings for unlivable heat in the tropics, and nearly unthinkable extremes in major Northern Hemisphere cities.

By Bob Berwyn, May 16, 2021 People pour water over themselves at a broken water pipe during a heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan on June 29, 2015. Credit: Asim Afeez/Bloomberg via Getty Images While scientists warn with increasing urgency that global warming is sharply increasing the likelihood of deadly heat waves, many regions are doing little to protect vulnerable populations.  Recent research …

Resisting the Everyday Violence of Colonial Extractivsm

By Michael Wilson Becerril, ROAR Magazine.May 25, 2021 | STRATEGIZE! In The Face Of Environmental Collapse, Deepening Inequalities And Capitalism In Crisis, Resisting Violence Requires Challenging Its Colonial Constructions. In many cases, the state legitimizes violence,” said the lawyer, professor and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto, as we sat in her university office in Lima, Peru. “People make claims, they knock …